Civic Education: New Graduation Requirement
"Learning to make and evaluate evidence-based arguments (claims) is the singular, unifying, intellectual goal of all social studies courses."—
Walter C. Parker, Inquiry Design Model, 2018
Ensure that every student is provided a high-caliber civic education from kindergarten through high school graduation.
The primary laws and regulations for civic education are:
- State learning standards - RCW 28A.150.210
- Civics credit requirement - RCW 28A.230.093
- Social studies assessments - RCW 28A.230.095
See the complete list of social studies laws and regulations.
- C3 Framework: The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework establishes clear and strong standards for social studies instruction:
- Enhancing the rigor of social studies disciplines (civics, economics, geography, and history);
- Building critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills for engaged citizenship; and
- Aligning social studies academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
- Six Proven Practices: According to Guardian of Democracy: Successor Report to the Civic Mission of Schools, there are six proven practices for enhancing civic education:
- Classroom instruction on government, history, law, and democracy
- Discussion of current events and controversial issues
- Service learning
- Extracurricular activities
- School governance
- Simulations of democratic processes
Learn more about the six proven practices:
- Civic Education in Washington State
- Webinar: Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning
- Poster: Social Studies Education in the State of Washington (11x17)
Learn about the many ways our schools, our communities, and the Washington State Legislature support civic education.
- Capitol Classroom
- Civic Action Project (CAP)
- Judges in the Classroom
- Knowledge in Action
- MicroSociety, Inc.
- National History Day
- Project Citizen
- Raising Student Voice and Participation (RSVP)
- Since Time Immemorial
- Street Law
- Ultimate Civics
- We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
- Youth Ambassadors
- Youth Courts
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
- Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL)
- Citizens University
- Council on Public Legal Education (CPLE)
- DC Bully Busters Association of Washington
- 4H Know Your Government
- Generation Citizen
- Institute for Community Leadership
- League of Women Voters (LWV) of Washington State
- National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Washington
- Washington State Council for the Social Studies (WSCSS)
- YMCA Youth &Government
- Civics Graduation Requirement
- Daniel J. Evans Civic Education Awards
- Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP)
- Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program
- Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC)
- OSPI-Developed Classroom-Based Assessments
- Temperance and Good Citizenship Day
- Washington K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards
Citizens interested in helping build this list of examples of effective civic education may contact OSPI Social Studies at 360-725-6351.
Learn more about Washington's annual civic observances.
To view and download the Civics poster click here.